Jack and the. Beanstalk. English folktale as told by. Joseph Jacobs there was once upon a time a poor widow who had an only son named Jack and a cow. One morning, Jack's mother told Jack to take their cow to market and sell her. On the way, Jack met a man. He gave Jack some magic beans for. On the next pages you will find a color and BW version of the story, which I adapted to be simple for younger children. I made the pages full size, but you can .

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. Once upon a time there was a poor widow who lived with her son Jack in a little house. Their wealth consisted solely of a milking . Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional fairytale, familiar to most young children, and It tells the story of Jack, who takes his cow to sell at market, but in fact. "Nonsense, dear," said his wife. "You' re dreaming. Or perhaps you smell the scraps of that little boy you liked so much for yesterday's dinner. Here, you go and .

Rumor whispered of these treasures; and a monstrous giant, who lived at no great distance, and who was a very wicked being, resolved to obtain possession of them.

So he bribed a false servant to let him inside the castle, when the knight was in bed and asleep, and he killed him as he lay. Then he went to the part of the castle which was the nursery, and also killed all the poor little ones he found there. Happily for her, the lady was not to be found. She had gone with her infant son, who was only two or three months old, to visit her old nurse, who lived in the valley; and she had been detained all night there by a storm.

The next morning, as soon as it was light, one of the servants at the castle, who had managed to escape, came to tell the poor lady of the sad fate of her husband and her pretty babes.

She could scarcely believe him at first, and was eager at once to go back and share the fate of her dear ones. But the old nurse, with many tears, besought her to remember that she had still a child, and that it was her duty to preserve her life for the sake of the poor innocent. The lady yielded to this reasoning, and consented to remain at her nurse's house as the best place of concealment; for the servant told her that the giant had vowed, if he could find her, he would kill both her and her baby.

Years rolled on. The old nurse died, leaving her cottage and the few articles of furniture it contained to her poor lady, who dwelt in it, working as a peasant for her daily bread. Her spinning wheel and the milk of a cow, which she had downloadd with the little money she had with her, sufficed for the scanty subsistence of herself and her little son.

There was a nice little garden attached to the cottage, in which they cultivated peas, beans, and cabbages, and the lady was not ashamed to go out at harvest time, and glean in the fields to supply her little son's wants. Jack, that poor lady is your mother. This castle was once your father's, and must again be yours.

Jack uttered a cry of surprise. Oh, madam, what ought I to do? My poor father! My dear mother! But the task is a very difficult one, and full of peril, Jack. Have you courage to undertake it? You must get into the castle, and if possible possess yourself of a hen that lays golden eggs, and a harp that talks. Remember, all the giant possesses is really yours.

Jack determined at once to attempt the adventure; so he advanced, and blew the horn which hung at the castle portal.

The door was opened in a minute or two by a frightful giantess, with one great eye in the middle of her forehead. As soon as Jack saw her he turned to run away, but she caught him, and dragged him into the castle. No, I shan't let you go again. I am weary of my life. I am so overworked, and I don't see why I should not have a page as well as other ladies.

And you shall be my boy. You shall clean the knives, and black the boots, and make the fires, and help me generally when the giant is out. When he is at home I must hide you, for he has eaten up all my pages hitherto, and you would be a dainty morsel, my little lad. The poor boy was very much frightened, as I am sure you and I would have been in his place.

Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk

But he remembered that fear disgraces a man, so he struggled to be brave and make the best of things. Come here, child; go into my wardrobe. He never ventures to open that. You will be safe there.


But the keyhole was so large that it admitted plenty of air, and he could see everything that took place through it. By and by he heard a heavy tramp on the stairs, like the lumbering along of a great cannon, and then a voice like thunder cried out. Fe, fa, fi-fo-fum, I smell the breath of an Englishman.

Let him be alive or let him be dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread. Let me have him for breakfast. There, sit down and make a good breakfast. When he had breakfasted he went out for a walk; and then the giantess opened the door, and made Jack come out to help her.

He helped her all day. She fed him well, and when evening came put him back in the wardrobe. Jack watched him through the keyhole, and was amazed to see him pick a wolf's bone and put half a fowl at a time into his capacious mouth.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Once a poor widow had a son called Jack. She loved him dearly.

They lived in a little house and all they possessed was a cow called Daisy. Sadly, the time came when all their money was gone and the widow decided that all they could do was to sell Daisy.

Jack set off and on his way he met a strange man who offered him 5 beans which he said had magic powers. In return he wanted Daisy as his own.

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Jack agreed and, taking the beans, ran back to his mother. Snatching the beans she threw them out of the window in disgust and sent poor Jack straight to bed. For, where the beans had landed, there was a giant beanstalk reaching up into the clouds.

Jack decided that it would be an adventure to climb up the beanstalk and see what was at the top. He paused for breath. Up and up he climbed again, higher and yet higher until, to his amazement, he found himself at the entrance to a huge castle. Boldly, he pushed open the heavy door and entered.

At first there seemed to be no-one there and so Jack wandered about. To his surprise there were giant chairs by giant tables.


Clambering onto a chair, Jack could see giant golden coins lying in heaps on the table. Snoring loudly, with his head on the table, was a diabolical giant.

Jack held his breath and, picking up one of the golden coins to take to his mother, crept silently away afraid he might wake the giant. That night, as his mother slept, Jack decided to creep up the beanstalk again and see what else he could find. At the castle his eyes alighted upon more coins and glittering diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Quickly, he scooped into his pouch as much as he could carry and hurried back to the beanstalk.

But this time, the giant had been waiting for him. Trembling with fear Jack climbed onto the beanstalk and began to slide down. The beanstalk shook as though in a storm. Quicker and quicker Jack slid, but quicker and quicker the giant followed. Faster and faster Jack slid, but faster and faster the giant followed. Gathering speed Jack tumbled down the last few feet. Breathless and afraid he rushed to the woodshed and grabbed an axe.So he walked along, and he walked along, and he walked along till he came to a great big tall house, and on the doorstep there was a great big tall woman.

But his wife told him that he didn't, that it was only some mutton that she was cooking. You shall clean the knives, and black the boots, and make the fires, and help me generally when the giant is out. She did not wait till he spoke, but pulled him in at once, for she thought he would make a nice supper for her when her husband was asleep.

When Jack woke up the next morning, his room looked strange. Her spinning wheel and the milk of a cow, which she had downloadd with the little money she had with her, sufficed for the scanty subsistence of herself and her little son.